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Dr. John Kim

Ophthalmology
New York, NY
23 years experience male

Locations

Office

New York

Address

1825 Riverside Drive, Suite 1B, New York
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Flushing, NY

Clearview Eye Surgery

Bronx, NY

Clearview Eye Surgery

New York, NY

About

Bio

Dr. John J. Kim is a Board certified ophthalmologist. He is the former Director of Residency in charge of training the new physicians at the Montefiore Medical Center. He was also the Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center. He served as Ophthalmology Instructor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim is currently the Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Elbert Einstein College of Medicine. He is also a member of the Medical Board of Directors for the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration. After completing his pre-med education from Columbia University, he received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 1999. Dr. Kim is Fellowship trained in Cornea and Refractive Surgery from the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as an attending surgeon at Montefiore Medical Center, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Jacobi Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital and the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Greater New York . Dr. Kim specializes in complex surgical cases. He performs Cataract, LASIK, Glaucoma and Corneal Transplant Surgeries.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

LASIK Surgery

Languages spoken

Korean

Doctor Q&A

162 Answers
60 Agrees
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Use contact lenses: There are mainly two types of lazy eyes. One caused by deviation of the eye allignment called "strabismus", and the other caused by signinficant diff... Read More
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There : There are many glands on the eyelids that produce greasy layer of the tear film. They can get clogged. When that gland gets infected, it is called a... Read More
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Definition : Definition of a stye is a collection of meibom (greasy portion of the tear) from the blockage of meibomian gland on your eye lid. The stye is often c... Read More
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Blepharoplasty : Blepharoplasty will change the shape of your eye. How you want it changed depends on your request and the ability of the surgeon. Otherwise, why wou... Read More
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Small : Small abrasions will often heal within hours and large abrasions may take one to two days. However, for any abrasion you should be using an antibioti... Read More
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You : You probably scratched the side of your ear canal. If it stopped bleeding and your hearing is fine, you don't need to worry. It is recommended that ... Read More
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What : What you are describing can be many things including milia, syringoma, lupus, sarcoidosis, etc... Biopsy does not always get enough tissue sample for... Read More
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Ten : Ten years ago, way we did the lasik caused glare problems for patients with large pupil. Now days, technique have changed with use of bland zones tha... Read More
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It : It is very unusual for a person to have keratitis. There is usually a 'cause' such as use of contact lenses, exposure to dirty/dusty environment, swi... Read More
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I : I perform ~1500 cataract surgeries per year and see many patients on Flomax (tamsulosin) and similar medications that cause floppy iris syndrome. It ... Read More
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Steroid : Steroid drops are wrong medicine for an infection! infect, they will do more harm than good. Steroids will decrease the redness and swelling. But i... Read More
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He : He need to be seen by an ophthalmologist for a full dilated fundus exam as soon as possible. In a long surgery, the cornea can dry and blur the visio... Read More
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At : At your age i don't recommend the surgery. And here is why, your refraction tend to change during your teenage years. This results in you obtaining ... Read More
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The : The window of treatment for lazy eye is small. It must be treated before the age of 10. Some will say 8 to 12 years of age but after 10, it is not r... Read More
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I : I recommend a week to ensure that it is completely resolved. I also recommend a new set of contact lenses.
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Your : Your 2 year old sister is too young to fully understand and communicate what is happening to her. I recommend taking her to your local ophthalmologis... Read More
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There : There are many types of implants used in medicine. You have to be more specific with your question.
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It : It sounds like your lacrimal punctum and canalicular is infected. You need to see an ophthalmologist for an evaluation and obtain antibiotics.
A 39-year-old female asked:
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Children : Children usually have large pupil. Our pupil size tend to get smaller as we get older. However, if there is a change in the size of the pupil she sh... Read More
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You : You have to state what is getting worse? Is it pain, vision, swelling, redness? Since we only have your description to go by, you have to be detailed... Read More
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ICL : Icl is similar to contact lens except that it is placed inside the eye so you do not have to remove it. If for any reason, it is removed later on the... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
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Reading : Reading in a dim light or looking at a dim phone screen does not cause any damage to your eye!
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Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Both : Both drinking or rubbing alcohol will cause chemical burn on the cornea and conjunctiva. It is very painful condition and predispose the patient to i... Read More
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First, : First, you should state your vision before and after all these procedures. It is very rare for the patient to see 20/20 after all the surgeries that ... Read More
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Crusting : Crusting is a sign that your eye is trying to heal. It can be from an infection, debris or allergan in the eye. It is not possible to diagnose witho... Read More
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Such : Such excercises are not helpful. It is promoted by a small segment of optometrists but not by ophthalmologists (medical doctors). It is only helpful... Read More
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Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, lasik surgery is grouped with other cosmetic surgeries therefore not covered by insurance. As all insurance companies will not pay for... Read More
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Cataract : Cataract is a fact of life. We will all eventually develop cataracts. It is a clouding of the lens inside our eye. Lens become cloudy as our body a... Read More
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Double : Double vision indicates that your two eyes are not alligned. This can be secondary to the muscles that control your eye movements or to the nerves th... Read More
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Cataract : Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure unless you are a child. Children are often kept overnight for observation. The time it takes to actually... Read More
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It : It depends on the age and the severity at which it is diagnosed. Earlier (before age 5) and mild amblyopia (lazy eye) can be fully cured with proper t... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
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Pink : Pink eye is a layman's term for a viral conjunctivitis. It is highly contagious and can easily spread from one eye to the other. Most common mode of ... Read More
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Eye : Eye cancer is not common but it does exist. To minimize the risk, you should minimize the exposure to uv radiation. Good start is to use sunglasses ... Read More
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If : If it hurts that much, you need a full evaluation. Please go visit your local ophthalmologist to rule out any serious condition.
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Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Eye lid swelling: Eye appears smaller when the lids are swollen. Eye lids can be swollen from many causes, broadly catagorized as follows; infection, trauma, and infla... Read More
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No.: Amblyopia is a connection problem between the eye and the brain. Eye itself is normal and the brain is normal but the connection between the two wer... Read More
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Latisse (bimatoprost) : Latisse (bimatoprost) is a diluted form of a glaucoma medication called lumigan. Lumigan belongs to a class of medication called prostaglandins and t... Read More
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Herbal : Herbal medications are not tested and the companies do not have to prove the efficacy. They are considered supplements and can make claims that they ... Read More
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Welder's : Welder's flash or welding arc can cause damage to the retina in the back of the eye. This injury is similar to the damage caused by staring at the su... Read More
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Without : Without any barrier between you and your partner you expose your self to sexually transmitted disease.
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Vitrectomy : Vitrectomy surgery requires infusion of fluid into the eye. This can cause the pressure to be elevated in the operating eye. For this reason, you wa... Read More
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All : All pharmacy carries contact solutions. You should use them. Tap water or even sterile water is not safe.
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Welding : Welding causes metal particles to splatter and can lead to metal particle in the eye. This will cause redness and discomfort until it is taken out. ... Read More
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You : You should be seen by an ophthalmologist to find the cause and treatment. In mean time, minimize touching the eye and apply cold compress.
A 49-year-old female asked:
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Dr. : Dr. Fowler gave a good detailed answer. Let me just add that psychiatrists are medical doctors and psychologists are not medical doctors. Psychologi... Read More
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Blepharitis : Blepharitis is usually not contagious. It simply means an inflammation of an eye lid often caused by a bacterial infection. For this reason, these p... Read More
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Blepharitis : Blepharitis can cause irritation and itching. It can cause tenderness when touched but should not cause pain on its own. If you have pain, it can be... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
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Lattisse : Lattisse is a milder form of lumigan, a class of glaucoma medication. This class of medication has side effects of thickening and lengthening the las... Read More
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After : After the infection is properly treated the lids must be made clean of all debris for the blepharitis to resolve. Your body must feel that the lids a... Read More

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Dr. Rebecca Mammo
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Dr. Kim is a really great colleague and a superb surgeon. I recommend him highly as one of the best ophthalmologists in New York.
Dr. Martin Mayers
Dec 2, 2012
I am proud to have been involved in Dr. Kim's training. He is an outstanding ophthalmic clinician and surgeon who upholds the highest ethical standards.
I endorse this doctor, because his answers on AVVO reflect great judgement and knowledge in the area of ophthalmology.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University
Graduated 1994MD

Medical/Graduate school

City University of New York, Queens College
Graduated 1989MD

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

Staten Island University Hospital

Residency

ALBERT EINSTEIN MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Surgical Mentor of the Year, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Attending of the Year, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Teacher of the Year 2005

Affiliations

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Publications

Models for joint ophthalmology-optometry patient management
Iris Suture Fixation of an Intraocular Lens
Corneal Ectasia in a Bronx Population
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